… Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”. The award-winning movie version from 1985, directed by Volker Schlöndorff starring Dustian Hoffmann and John Malkovich did something to me, I don’t do very often: I cried.
In fact I can only remember me crying on two occasions before I got 18. The first time it was out of anger about injustice. I was then about 14 and my little sister refused to let another kid (whose bike broke that day) ride her new bike (that was still a little bit too big for her) and just take her smaller one that one day, so he could play with us and the gang of other kids from our neighbourhood. She stomped her foot and just refused to see reason – yeah well, she was only 10 at the time and a hot-headed Aries (with a Leo Moon & Sagittarius rising … I rest my case). Anyway it ended by ME giving him my bike and then I went to our apartment and cried about my sister’s selfishness and the whole injustice. This really is very present in my mind 30 years later.
The second time I cried, was when I watched the above mentioned movie. The moment Billy Loman steps out of the door in the end, I broke. I know of people who cry all the time at the movies – even in romantic comedys – huh? This is really alien to me (ok I cried in “Titanic” … although not when Jack drowned – but when old Rose threw the “Heart of the Ocean” back into the black waters of the North Atlantic). Of course some movies deeply move me, but not to tears. It was close with Lina Wertmüller’s “Love & Anarchy” – but that’s another story …
So, Miller did it. His writing hit something in me I couldn’t name then. Now Richard Armitage performed in Miller’s “The Crucible” directed by Yael Farber in 2014 and in an interview he gave at the Old Vic (recorded by Digital Theatre) he said that he’d experienced something similar also with a play from Miller – also over 20 years ago. In his first year at drama school it “struck a chord” and he performed in a way, his teachers hadn’t seen him before. This got me thinking.
I drew up Miller’s chart. At first I couldn’t find a birth time for him, so I tried to rectify and came up with 05:20 am … but I thought “it’s impossible that there is no time for him out there” and researched some more and finally found 05:12 am at the astro.com database. It is only status C which stands for “source not known”, but since I came up with an almost identical time by myself, I think it’s valid.
I then compared my chart and Richard Armitage’s to Miller’s and found a striking pattern:
– Miller has Moon conjunct North Node (the Node hints to our life’s purpose)
– Armitage has Mars conjunct North Node
– I have Vertex conjunct Pallas (the Vx is the “ascendant of the soul” & Pallas represents an ability to recognize patterns)
and when I compared the three charts to each other, these 3 individual aspects are located in exactly the same spot (in a tight orb from 0 to 2 degrees) in the sign of Aquarius.
I was thunderstruck – btw the Vertex is also called “the electrical axis” – that suddenly explained to me, why Miller was able to touch my “soul” and to bring out Armitage’s acting talents. Also my Vertex on Armitage’s North Node explains, why I simply “care” for and am trying to reach out to him, explaining all these astrological patterns.
From the many people I have charts of, not two share the same sign & position of their North Nodes! So when I digged deeper (Pallas does this) and found out, that the North Node on the death day of the real John Proctor also was very close to this spot in Aquarius (3 degrees orb) and Yael’s North Node also possibly was located in Aquarius – I was truly hooked. I then texted Yael Farber’s agent, asking to confirm her date of birth that I’d found on the net and also if she would provide her time of birth for a karmic research project re “The Crucible”. Her agent replied within a couple of hours that she had no issues of her data being disclosed and provided them. Sadly Richard Armitage’s agent didn’t react in the same way – “the big sleep” probably best describes his reaction … but out of the blue (the Vertex is also said to represent an element of fate) I got into contact with an astrologer from OZ who’d met Richard at Ian McKellan’s theatre charity event in Wellington and got his time of birth directly from him.
So I’m still writing on my essay about “The Karmic Cycle of the Crucible” – trying to unravel this beautiful pattern for all of you to see …
Watch this space!